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Kayla Taylor improves her game on Wildcat territory

Kayla Taylor improves her game on Wildcat territory

December 7, 2015
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Scoring 28 points and sitting at third on the top scorers' list for the Chico State women's basketball team, transfer forward Kayla Taylor has made an immediate impact in her first year as a Wildcat.Taylor unexpectedly met women's basketball head coach Brian Fogel at a tournament in Oregon a few years ago where she competed on the same...

Gary Towne: Pushing the Wildcats to NCAA Championships

Gary Towne: Pushing the Wildcats to NCAA Championships

Kenta Mcafee
November 4, 2015
Filed under Cross Country, Sports

With both the men's and women's cross-country teams taking first place at the 2015 CCAA Championship, head coach Gary Towne opened up about the teams' successes as both head into NCAA competition.The Orion: Do you think Will Reyes and other members of the team will be able to compete past the collegiate level?Towne: Yes. There are guys that are ru...

Former Wildcat finds success around the world

Former Wildcat finds success around the world

Jason Spies
September 1, 2015
Filed under Soccer, Sports

Since graduating from Chico State in 2014, Luis “Louie” Martinez has taken his game around the world.The 25-year-old Wildcat alumnus played five years for Chico State helping the men's soccer team reach the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and win its first-round game against Seattle Pacific. Gett...

Wildcats sweep Toros

Wildcats sweep Toros

Matthew Vislosky
May 1, 2015
Filed under Softball, Sports

Chico State women's softball team took on Cal State Dominguez Hills in a doubleheader on Saturday and like the one on Friday, they came away with two wins. Game 1The Wildcats struck first in the top of the first when junior center fielder Alli Cook scored off a walk to junior Brynn Lesovsky, which gave the '...

Wildcat battles blazes as volunteer firefighter

Wildcat battles blazes as volunteer firefighter

Blaine Ball
April 27, 2015
Filed under Features

At up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, fires rapidly spread throughout Northern California's forests during the Golden State's dry summers. With almost no defense against the naturally occurring disaster, groups of trained and tested forest firefighters are called upon to protect the woodland. Amo...

Wildcats split final home series doubleheader

Wildcats split final home series doubleheader

Lars Gustafson
April 22, 2015
Filed under Softball

With five seniors departing from a playoff bound Chico State softball team this season, the ‘Cats split Saturday’s doubleheader against Humboldt State 1-1 during Senior Day. Chico State lost the first game of the day 6-2, but rallied to win the second game in a rare intentional walk wild pitch...

Q&A: Wildcats bond, blow off steam through video games

Q&A: Wildcats bond, blow off steam through video games

Julie Ortega
April 21, 2015
Filed under Sports

Parents always argue that video games are only for kids. That's because they never grew up as gamers. Playing video games brings people together. They laugh, scream, shout and get crazy together. Apart from playing on the court and field, Wildcats also get together to play some of their favorite video game...

Wildcat golfers drive toward glory in upcoming championship

Wildcat golfers drive toward glory in upcoming championship

Matthew Vislosky
April 19, 2015
Filed under Golf, Sports

Ranked fifth in the nation — check. Second in the west region — check. Seventeen straight top-five finishes — check. Since the 2009-2010 season, the Wildcats have produced top-five finishes in 59 of 69 tournaments, and head coach T.L. Brown credits recruiting as one of the keys to ...

Wildcats struggle in 10-2 loss

Wildcats struggle in 10-2 loss

Lars Gustafson
April 17, 2015
Filed under Baseball

The Chico State Wildcats struggled on offense and defense during a 10-2 loss in Turlock against Cal State Stanislaus. With only six hits and 14 base runners left on base, the ‘Cats only scored two runs in nine innings of play. The Wildcats first scored in the 5th inning with a single up the middl...

Wildcat men’s golf takes home 17th consecutive top-5 finish

Wildcat men’s golf takes home 17th consecutive top-5 finish

Kevin Lucena
April 16, 2015
Filed under Golf, Sports

The Chico State men’s golf team's streak of top-five finishes stretched to 17 Tuesday at the 42nd annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus at Turlock. Led by junior All-American Alistair Docherty’s final round 73, Chico State turned in a final round score of 304, 16-o...

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

First-year runner sprints into action for Wildcats

Nick Martinez-Esquibel
April 11, 2015
Filed under Sports, Track and field

First-year runner Alex Burkhart is becoming a force on the track faster than you can say the name of her hometown, Rancho Cucamonga. Coming off her time at Los Osos High School, Burkhart has taken advantage of her opportunities and excelled in the steeplechase event for the Wildcats this spring. Steeplechase is a 3,...

Wildcats share tips for staying fit, healthy

Wildcats share tips for staying fit, healthy

Breanna Barnard
April 10, 2015
Filed under Sports

It's that time of the year again — cutting season. Gym rats who bulked up eating during the winter are now shredding all of it off to have the perfect summer body. But Chico State's Wildcat sport teams do not need a season for bulking and cutting. Instead, athletes from different sports work hard year-r...

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